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definition of the word tough

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Old English tōh

tough (comparative tougher, superlative toughest)

Positive
tough

Comparative
tougher

Superlative
toughest

  1. strong and resilient; sturdy
    The tent, made of tough canvas, held up to many abuses.
  2. (of food) difficult to cut or chew
    To soften a tough cut of meat, the recipe suggested simmering it for hours.
  3. rugged or physically hardy
    Only a tough species will survive in the desert.
  4. (of weather etc) harsh or severe
  5. rowdy or rough
    A bunch of the tough boys from the wrong side of the tracks threatened him.
  6. (of questions etc) difficult or demanding
    This is a tough crowd.
  7. (slang) too bad!
    If you don't like it, tough!
  8. (material science) Undergoing plastic deformation before breaking. See also toughness.

Singular
tough

Plural
toughs

tough (plural toughs)

  1. A person who obtains things by force; a thug or bully.
  2. Someone who exhibits courage and defiance during a conflict. This is usually one of violence or potential violence.
    They were doing fine until they encountered a bunch of toughs from the opposition.

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